2021 Undergraduate Research Expo

This year on October 5th-6th is our Annual Undergraduate Research Expo! Join faculty, graduate students and admin as they highlight and celebrate undergraduate research experiences at Texas A&M University. This two-day event is a chance for students to network with faculty and other students, discover ways to get involved with undergraduate research, and find resources related to undergraduate research. October 5th will feature virtual events and an in-person resource fair. October 6th will have virtual events that combine synchronous, asynchronous, and static content for undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and staff to learn about meaningful opportunities to engage in undergraduate research! 

Live Virtual Panels require registration.


Day 1: October 5

Synchronous Events | Registration Required for Live Virtual Panels

1. In-person: Research Opportunities and Resource Fair | 2:00-4:00 PM | MSC 2300 A

  • Colleges, departments, and other units will be hosting resource tables at the Undergraduate Research Expo to recruit students into undergraduate research programs and educate students about the many available opportunities. 

2. Live Virtual Panel: LAUNCH Getting Started in Research Workshop | 3:00-4:00 PM | Registration Required: https://ers.tamu.edu/register.aspx?scheduleid=37107

  • For any undergraduate interested in research, this workshop will provide an overview of research at Texas A&M, information on how to get started, and advice from current undergraduate researchers!

3. Live Virtual Panel: Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers Panel | 4:00-5:00 PM | Registration Required: https://ers.tamu.edu/register.aspx?scheduleid=37109

  • This panel will provide undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and administrators the opportunity to hear perspectives on the best practices in mentoring undergraduate researchers at Texas A&M.

Discussion topics include:

  • Fostering independence in undergraduate researchers
  • Responsibilities of graduate student mentors and undergraduate researchers
  • Strategies for dealing with problems or issues
  • Establishing positive working relationships

Day 2: October 6

Synchronous Events | Registration Required for Live Virtual Panels

1. Live Virtual Panel: TAMU School of Law: Studying Law Both Before and During Law School | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM | Registration Required: https://ers.tamu.edu/register.aspx?scheduleid=36725

  • This synchronous panel will introduce students to LAUNCH: UGR-TAMU School of Law undergraduate research collaborations. Administrators, faculty, and current law school student Ambassadors will be on hand to discuss and answer questions.

Discussion topics include:

  • Strategies for a successful transition from an undergraduate degree to law school acceptance
  • How to incorporate undergraduate research into your career to strengthen your law school application
  • What to expect during the application process and beyond

2. Live Virtual Panel: Aggie Creative Collective: Undergraduate Student Researchers in the Creative Fields | 4:00-5:00 PM | Registration Required: https://ers.tamu.edu/register.aspx?scheduleid=36726

  • This synchronous panel will feature TAMU undergraduates and their faculty advisors who are currently involved in the Aggie Creative Collective. Students will discuss their research in creative fields and their creative artifacts developed over the summer in five-week collective meetings. These students also developed a proposal for a creative undergraduate thesis suitable for submission to the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program and refined a sample of their creative work. They will discuss the program and how they participated in individual conferences, learned about the structure of a creative thesis proposal, developed their creative projects, and refined their performance skills. The Aggie Creative Collective culminates each summer in a short performative presentation of their creative works in progress.

3. Live Virtual Panel: How to Publish Undergraduate Research with Explorations: Reflections from Student Authors and Editors | 5:00-6:00 PM | Registration Required: https://ers.tamu.edu/register.aspx?scheduleid=36727

  • This synchronous panel will provide students, faculty, and administrators the opportunity to learn about how to publish in Explorations: The Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal. The panel will conclude with a live Q&A. Panelists include current student editors on the Explorations Board and published student authors.

Asynchronous Events | Access the Events on the ForagerOne-Symposium Platform at https://tx.ag/UGRexpo

1. Web Content: Looking for Available Undergraduate Research Opportunities?: See Slides, Videos, and Infographics Posted by TAMU Faculty and Staff

  • This web content will feature available undergraduate research opportunities and/or resources for undergraduates. We hope to help students get engaged in high-impact learning and connect them with research opportunities from a variety of disciplines across campus.

2. Web Content: National Labs: The Texas A&M University System National Laboratories Office Panel Video

  • The National Laboratories Office (NLO) is here to support faculty and students by assisting in establishing new research connections, developing research proposals, locating funding opportunities and enhancing the future employment pool for the national laboratories through student engagement.
  • View this web content to learn about the many career, internship, and undergraduate research opportunities at National Labs.

3. Virtual Showcase: Aggie Research Program (ARP) Presentation Showcase

  • The Aggie Research Program (ARP) follows the Research-Intensive Community Model. This model was developed at Texas A&M to bring together those who are seeking research leadership opportunities (grad students & postdocs) with undergraduates seeking research opportunities. By integrating research and education, this approach promotes mutually-beneficial partnerships among practicing researchers and students.
  • Every semester, teams of undergraduate students engage in high-level, real-world research being conducted at Texas A&M. Students work on projects from a wide range of disciplines, gaining experience in research and exposure to new ideas and diverse teams. Come check out some of the work our talented team members have been doing in the Presentation Showcase!

4. Video Series: Getting Started in Research Video Series by LAUNCH Undergraduate Research Ambassadors

Series Topics

  • What is Undergraduate Research and What Does it Mean to You?
  • Misconceptions about Undergraduate Research
  • Discovering Your Research Interests
  • Balancing Undergraduate Research and Coursework
  • Skill Building and Networking as an Undergraduate Researcher
  • Ways to Do Undergraduate Research On- and Off-Campus
  • Finding Undergraduate Research Opportunities
  • Finding and Contacting Faculty Mentors
  • Working Effectively with Graduate Students and Faculty Mentors
  • What Undergraduate Researchers Expect from Faculty Advisors
  • What Faculty Mentors Expect from Undergraduate Researchers

We will also feature research opportunities on social media! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @TAMU_UGR. Contact us at ugr@tamu.edu if you have open undergraduate research positions.

FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: https://tx.ag/UGRexpo

**LAUNCH Undergraduate Research is closely monitoring the impact COVID is having on our campus community. As a result, the events scheduled for the Expo might change in response to keep our community safe. Please continue to check the website for changes to the event schedule.**